Originally Posted by leaperk
So my tuner went out on my TV and I picked up both the iView and the HW-150PVR and I am surprised how much of a clone both boxes are. I do like the iView remote better an I am leaning toward keeping the iView is there any advantage to the HW-150? On the surface it appears no.
Nope, aside from the remotes there really isn't much difference. There are some slight hardware differences, but there's more difference between older and newer boxes than between brands.
The HW doesn't have the iView's display. That should
be an advantage for the iView, but since the firmware designers never did anything useful with the display (it only displays the iView's internal channel number, not the actual channel number), most folks just find the iView display annoying.
The newest iView boxes have a channel 3/4 switch. The HW and the older iViews control this via software, but have a "loop through" option to turn the channel 3/4 output completely off and pass the RF input straight through to the output. I suspect the newer iViews may lack loop through, or may only loop through when the iView is in standby. Of course you can simply use a splitter if you need loop through and it doesn't work.
OTOH, the HW and newer iViews save power by turning off the USB port when in standby. The older iViews kept the USB port live all the time, causing your drive to spin needlessly.
It's been reported that the iView's USB port tends to wear out over time, causing intermittent disconnections. If you keep the iView, I recommend you get a short USB extension cable, plug that into the port and leave it. Just plug/unplug your HDD into the extension cable. That should prolong the life of the iView's USB port. Probably a good idea on the HW too, but folks haven't reported as much trouble with intermittent disconnections on the HW. Its USB port may be a little better quality.
Which firmware versions do your boxes have? That's the easiest way for the folks on this forum to tell exactly what your boxes have inside.